My apologies for the late post. Taught and lectured in California last night and went brain dead when I returned to the motel. However, tonight I lectured again on working in series which got my wheels turning. There are numerable quilt artist who work in series and whose work is known immediately upon viewing. On the other hand, there are far more quiltmakers who jump from image to image, style to style than those who do series work.
I began wondering if series work isn’t the way to development of style and discovery of voice. The concept of not trying to put every great idea you have in one quilt but instead to allow each piece to tell part of a story has great appeal to me. Along with that is the wonderful ideas that come for the next piece while working on the first. What would be the advantage to quiltmakers to follow this Path?
For my two cents, I think it would allow them to fully explore an image until they have processed all the images possible from the original concept. In my own work, I usually have two to three series going at a time and have discovered they feed on each other. However, as an instructor is series work something that I can teach? Can I convey the value of this traditional art concept to quiltmakers?
To illustrate series work of one kind Picasso’s Blue Period came to mind. While they are all very different images, I see them clearly as series work.
Picasso began to produce works that were suffused in blue. This particular pigment is effective in portraying sombre tones. It is generally believed that the death of Picasso’s friend Casagemao was the psychological trigger for the Blue Period. Who can really say what his intention was since he was still a teenager, living away from home for the first time and in poor living conditions.
What can be said is these are some of his most evocative images…..and what can be asked is would series work not be valuable for quilt artist.
The Tragedy, 1903
Chester Dale Collection
What are your feelings on working in series? Do you consider it valuable for quiltmakers? Looking forward to your comments.